This paper was presented at
Psychology: The Indian Contribution
National Conference on
Indian Psychology, Yoga and Consciousness
organised by the Indian Council of Philosophical Research
at the Sri Aurobindo International Centre of Education
Pondicherry, India, 10-13 December 2004

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Managing self by detached involvement

Ranjana Madan — Bangalore.

According to mother and Sri Aurobindo we as human beings are here to evolve; but we get so caught up in daily mundane routine of life that this basic purpose is lost to us. Most of us live on the surface of our being, exposed to the touch of external influences. We are caught in the web of anxieties, worries, depression, dejection etc. punctuated with fleeting moments of happiness and bliss. In this paper, I discuss a few tools that they have given us to lead a peaceful, harmonious lifea life focusing on individual development with a Divine touch. In the Integral yoga suggested by them, there has to be a psychicisation, which means bringing the mind, the vital and the physical under the domination of psychic or soul. A few exercises that help doing that are discussed: stepping back into yourself, self-observation, becoming aware of the shadow, developing mastery through attitude, widening the consciousness, developing a perfect equality, and creating your own atmosphere.

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